Crochet blanket

crochet blanketJanette has a nice tradition of making a warm, handspun crochet blanket for each of her grandchildren on one of their birthdays. This one is for a granddaughter. It is warm, soft, cosy and the very thing to keep you all snuggly. It’s made from merino wool in rainbow colours and looks very effective.

There are some great, free patterns for all sorts of crochet blankets of varying sizes on lovecrochet…something for everyone in the family.

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Fingerless gloves

We’ve decided there can never be enough fingerless gloves in winter. The ideas just keep coming and there is no end to the variety of fingerless gloves we can create. We value them so much we want to create the nicest and most stylish fingerless gloves ever. They are rewarding small projects, use up oddments, offer an opportunity to try out new yarn, yarn combinations and stitches. On top of that , they keep our busy hands warm without hampering our productivity.

fingerless glovesMaria made Margaret a pair of fingerless gloves from dark blue homespun wool. She has then used colourful scraps of other wool to make a pattern. Maria , though, has a refined sense of visual appeal and a good sense of humour. When you roll the gloves together the little ends she has left on the inside  stick out and make the gloves look like sea creatures. It’s a great visual effect from someone who thinks of the visual details in anything she creates.

ribbed fingerless glovesMargaret is knitting some lovely blue double rib gloves from a graph pattern and the slant on the rib gives them a snug and very stylish fit. She is using acrylic to practice the pattern to see how it all looks but it makes these gloves easy care and machine washable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

fingerelss gloveMargaret is also upcycling some yarn she had used to make something else but the moths had got to it and so she has unpicked that project and is reusing the good yarn to make some lovely, colourful knitted fingerless gloves. Fine yarn makes fingerless gloves have a different look from the thicker yarns. They also fit more closely on your hand and provide the warmth without any encumbrance.

There is a nice free pattern by Kathy North for double rib fingerless gloves on Ravelry .

Thinking chicken

In a week’s time it’s our AGM and so our chicken challenge. We need to be thinking chicken and get our chicken doorstops ready for the challenge. Some have already done theirs. Others will be away and not there and then there will be those who do the last minute dash because they like the adrenalin rush. The chickens in the video will never make a doorstop but they are cute anyway and could form part of a display or be little friends for people. Grandmotherspatternbook has a lot of chicken ideas for all sorts of things and so is a good resource and a good place to go to think chickens! If you like fair isle knitting, there is a lovely knitted chicken on masondiscksonknitting blog.